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good morning. hammered. powerful storms slam the east coast from georgia all the way to massachusetts, knocking out power, uprooting trees and leading to dangerous flash flooding. late night jab. president obama takes to david letterman's show to respond to those secretly recorded comments by mitt rney saying as president you have to work for everybody. as romney allows the press into two new fund-raisers and offers no apologies. this morning house minority leader nancy pelosi is here to weigh in. and was jesus married? a harvard professor translate an ancient text in which jesus is said to refer to his wife, and
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it's ignited a big debate today, wednesday, september 19th, 2012. from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. and good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lawer. >> good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie. one of those days i'm happy i go to bed at 8:00 p.m. huge storms in new york city. >> you missed the storms. >> i didn't hear a thing. >> man did, it rain. heavy downpours, intense winds. as we said, the damage stretches all the way up and down the east coast. in georgia conditions were so bad that a corporate jet hydroplaned and then crashed after landing on a rain-soaked runway. al is going to have much more on the storms and where they are now straight ahead. >> all right. also ahead, new concerns this morning over the safety of rice products, including baby cereal.
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do they contain dangerous levels of arsenic? we'll reveal the results of some testing done by both "consumer reports" and the fda that some experts are calling troubling. and a little later on, how is giuliana rancic adjusting to life as a brand new mom following her long and trying journey to parenthood? she will be here for her first live interview since the arrival of her son duke. we look forward to that. let us begin this morning with politics and the fallout from that leaked tape of mitt romney at a private fund-raiser. nbc's peter alexander is in salt lake city, utah. peter, good morning. >> reporter: matt, good morning to you. the reaction to mitt romney's comments from that leaked video is still ricochetting across the political landscape. we've now heard from the president and from romney's running mate who described those remarks as, quote, obviously inarticulate and says the point still stands and romney is standing firm saying his commentscism i underscore philosophical differences in this race. preparing to head back to the
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campaign trail today, mitt romney allowed cameras into a pair of fund-raisers for the first time tuesday and tried to draw a sharp contrast with the president. >> his approach is a government-centered america, where government takes more and more and then gives to those who believe they need that help. we all believe that when people are in distress and when they need help, we give them temporary help. we pull them back up, but we don't believe in redistribution. >> reporter: rob any didn't back down from the substance of his comments at a private fund-raiser secretly declared in may when he declared 47% of americans pay no income tax and said they are, quote, victims, dependant on the government. >> so my job is not to worry about those people. i'll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and take care of his life. >> reporter: in salt lake city romney met with his grabbed kids who he referred to as his future
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heirs and on letterman president obama weighed in on roey's remarks. >> as i meet people, they are hard working family people who care deeply about this country and my expectation is if you want to be president you've got to be president to everybody. >> reporter: and with five weeks to go the president opens up a five-point lead among likely voters, and despite national unemployment numbers still above 8%, president obama and romney are now neck in neck on the issue of who would do a better job dealing with the economy, that for months had been viewed as romney's strengths. romney and his wife ann made their first daytime appearance tuesday, pre-taped for "live with kelly and michael." romney shared a few secrets of his own. he'd pick gene hackman to play him in a movie, michelle pfeiffer for his wife. his guilty pleasure, peanut
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butter sandwiches and chocolate milk, and it turns out the 65-year-old knows his reality tv. >> i'm kind of a snooki fan. >> had a baby now. >> look how tiny she's gotten, lost weight and she's energetic, i mean, just her spark plug personality is kind of fun. >> and what might be considered a tmi moment, romney revealed what he wears to bed. >> i'd say the best answer is as little as possible. what do you think, dear in. >> still can't get over the fact he's a snooki fan. romney hasn't held a public campaign rally since last friday, another one last week in miami, and we will be there for that. yesterday his campaign advisers spent much of the day yesterday trying to reassure donors, and it appears to be working, matt. they raised more than $6 million in two events yesterday alone. >> all right. peter alexander in salt lake city. peter, thanks. it's now five after the hour. here's savannah. >> as a repercussion of that leaked tape echoes through the campaign trail, we're learning more about the man who helped arrange hits release. it's the grandson of former
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president jimmy carter. nbc's national investigative correspondent michael isikoff has that part of the story. michael, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. the secret romney fund-raiser video became public as a result of some dogged sleuthing by a partisan political researcher with a very personal interest in the election. as the story about the secret romney fund-raiser video exploded, james carter iv who helped out it is basking in the afterglow receiving fresh job offers from liberal bloggers and a high five e-mail from his grandfather, former president jimmy carter. >> i get to put that on my top five e-mails that i've ever gotten from him. >> reporter: cart err is the atlanta-based political researcher who tracked down via twitter the person who made the tape and coaxed the videographer to release it to the liberal magazine "mother jones." >> i'm ecstatic of how much of an impact that it's had the last couple of days, way beyond my
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wildest imaginings. >> reporter: a partisan democrat, carter also had a personal interest. the romney campaign has repeatedly charged president obama is following the same weak and failed policies of his grandfather. >> except jimmy carter, and except this president. >> reporter: among the most notable events of the carter presidency was a middle east peace treaty. in the newly released fund-raising video, romney seemed to dismiss the idea of any peace treaty between israel and the palestinians. >> i look at the palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway for political purposes. they are committed to the destruction of israel and there's just no way. so you move things along the best way you can. >> reporter: carter had been researching romney's role at bain capital when he first stumbled upon a brief clip from the video posted anonymously on youtube. >> when i was back in my private equity days, we went to china to
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buy a factory there. >> reporter: carter was intrigued and is now reveling in the disruption the video has caused the romney campaign. he concedes it's even more satisfying because of his family connection. >> a lot of my twitter followers that are supporters have said that this is poetic justice that a carter is the one that found this -- this video that has given the romney campaign so much trouble, and i have to say that i definitely agree with that sentiment. >> reporter: asked tuesday about james carter's role in the video mitt romney told fox news he wasn't aware of it but one of his campaign surrogates john sununu suggested to nbc's andrea mitchell that the controversy over romney's remarks wouldn't have erupted if, quote, jimmy carter's grandson hadn't snuck this stuff out. >> thank you. congresswoman nancy pelosi is the house democratic leader. congresswoman pelosi, good to see you. >> good morning. >> let's talk about this tape.
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mitt romney says it may have been inelegantly stated. stands by the sentiment. republicans and democrats have criticized him for it. i'm sure the democrats view it as a gift from above, but do you think with the big issues facing our country this should be something that's a substantive part of our campaign? >> absolutely. this is fundamental. as the president said last night, the president has to be president of all the people. this, unfortunately, demonstrated the demeaning attitude that governor obama has towards a large segment of the american segment. >> this tape reminded a lot of people of a moment in 2008 during the democratic campaign when then senator obama was quoted calling pennsylvania voters bitter and said that they clung to their guns and their religion. do you see any difference between those two scenarios. >> i see a difference in this respect because this clearly differentiates president obama from governor romney. the democrats believe in reigniting the american dream, to provide opportunity for those who work hard and play by the rules and take responsibility.
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and we have a lot of work to do that done. with they he says i'll get my ladder and walk away and the rest of you are not even trying. >> in terms of a moment with a candidate speaking candidly to private fund-raisers, speaks somewhat disparagingly of some voters, do you see a difference between those two voters. >> what governor romney said was disparaging to our whole system, our whole system which is that we are a sense of community. many of the people he is talking about not paying taxes include thousands of millionaires not paying taxes. but the fact is even republicans disagree with the idea that -- that he has proposed. >> this was secretly recorded by someone who was supposed to be at a private fund-raiser, and somebody who speaks a lot at private fund-raisers, do you approve of that conduct? >> i don't think there's ever any private fund-raiser. i think when you run for president everything you say should be a matter of public record or can be. >> so you don't change your
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wording behind closed doors? >> no, no, i always assume and i say what i believe and i think that's what governor romney did. i think he said what he believed, and what he believes is not in furtherance of the american dream, work hard, play by the rules, take responsibility, and it is, what are we talking about, people on social security? they paid into that. people on medicare, many of them have paid into that, so it's -- it's even a false -- it's even a false premise that he's putting forth, but it's a demeaning one. >> real quickly on this one. governor romney opened up his last two fund-raisers to the public, to the media, to cames. same kind of thing? do you think the president should do the same kind of thing? >> that's really mostly up to the host. people sometimes don't want cameras in their homes or whatever that is. that's really up to the host. as far as i'm concerned, every event is a public event unless you're going to confession or something. >> let me ask you something about the president has been saying a lot on the campaign trail, that if he wins
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re-election he'll have a better time of it, be able to get more done essentially because he believes the fever will break, that the republicans will stop blocking his agenda. you've been around congress a long time. do you their somewhat optimism? >> well, first of all, when we were in the majority and the president in his first two years, we had the most productive congress in history for the american people, but we fully intend to win this election, and one way or another there has to be cooperation. we cooperated with president bush when i was speaker and he was president. there has to be cooperation. we owe it to the american people. >> you need 25 seats to win back the democratic majority in the house. is it a long shot at this point? >> i'd say it's 50/50 and especially this election of ryan that tips things very much our way because that put the issue of medicare. ryan wants to sever the medicare guarantee. it will be gone, and we want to make sure that it is a guarantee, not a gamble >> i know it's an issue you're talking a lot about on the campaign trail.
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minority leader nancy pelosi, so used to saying speaker that i messed it up. >> my pleasure, savannah. >> we want to get a check of the top stories from the news desk. natalie morales is over at the news desk. >> good morning to you, savannah, and good morning, everyone. france is bracing for backlash there as a paper there is publishing highly offensive cartoons of the prophet muhammad. nbc's michelle kosinski is there with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: the big story this morning is not images of kate but cartoons that mock the controversy surrounding that film that mocked and criticized islam. one of those cartoons the prophet muhammad is naked. in another, he says he's jewish. the immediate effect has been for france to feel it needs to boost security now at its embassies around the world as well as at the magazines that published these. those responsible say they believe in total freedom of expression. the french foreign minister says this just throws oil on the fire and just announced plans for friday to close a number of france's embassies, schools,
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cultural centers in at least 20 countries. so far though we know of no protests that is directly related to this publication. natalie. >> michelle kosinksi in paris for us this morning. thanks, michelle. meantime, the white house says there's currently no evidence that last week's deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in libya was planned and pre-meditated. officials say it appears that the violence was sparked by that anti-islam film made in the u.s. it is back to school for some 350,000 students in chicago this morning as a seven-day teachers strike comes to an end. nbc's education correspondent rehema ellis is in chicago with more. good morning, raheema. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. 98% of the teacher delegates voted to suspend the strike and go back to class in the nation's third largest school district. it still has to be ratified by the 30,000 members of the rank and file in a couple of weeks, but that's a formality and that heads off a confrontation with chicago's mayor who threatened to go to course to force an end to the strike the under theters of the new contract the teachers
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get a 7% pay increase, 30% of their salary will be based on students' performance on test scores, and while principals will make hiring, 50% of the hirings have to come from laid-off teachers. today kids back in class in chicago much to the relief of their parents. natalie? >> much relief there. rehema ellis in chicago, thanks. nbc kicks off its third annual education nation summit this sunday. we'll have full coverage here on nbc, and can you stream it all live on educationnation.com. a tiny ancient scrap of papyrus is sparking a huge religious and historical debate. was jesus married? the fragment was written in coptic back in the fourth century, and it quotes jesus as referring to his wife. a second line adds, quote, she will be able to be my disciple. the finding was made public by a harvard historian who has written several books about new gospel discoveries, and we'll have much more coming up in a live report. some up close and personal
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video of a great white shark. this shid from osearch shows the research vessel's crew touting the man eater they call jeanie. now they can follow her via satellite. last time she checked in she was hanging off the waters in nantucket. don't go in the waters in nantucket. and what's a day in the life of jennifer anniston like. in a new commercial smart water she pokes fun at the outrageous rumors about her private life. take a look. >> so much better. how are my little triplets doing. good night, rachel. >> well, the fake security tape also reveals that the "friends" star is mother to a very cranky jimmy kimmel. it is hilarious. it is now 7:16. back over to matt, savannah and al. there's one way to get right back at all those rumors, right?
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>> love that. that's a good idea. >> natalie, thanks. mr. roker is here with a check of the weather, and, wow, did we have storms come through here. >> did we? >> sleepy over here. >> from georgia to new england, everybody was feeling it. we start off down in macon, georgia, where a private plane trying to land, it hydroplanes off the runway. thankfully nobody really injured there. now, we move on up into virginia as folks get caught unaware and parking lots, just torrential downpours. also flooding in parts of marylanddownpours. flooding in parts of maryland where we saw, really, all that water being pushed up by high winds. winds of up to 50 and 60 miles per hour gusts. new york city, we set a record rainfall at jfk at xxiv hours, plus poor lines going down by toppled trees. amtrak delayed. a real mess. at the height of the storm, 50,000 folks in the northeast
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without power. as you look at the rainfall estimates almost six inches in pittsfield, mass. 3.3 inches and then you look at the wind gusts. up to 60-mile-per-hour wind gusts up and down the eastern sea board. that's what's going on around the country. >> in the wake of all of that. we have a gorgeous sunrise under way over the potomac. live view from the city camera, reagan national, 62. breezy. winds out of the northwest around 15 miles an hour. it's drying out. increasing sunshine by the afternoon hours into the low 70s. great weather for the nationals doubleheader with the dodgers. th and that's your latest weather. matt? >> thank you very much. now to a moment a texas couple feared they never would see. when lauren perkins gave birth to sex it uplets, five were healthy but the sixth was very
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ill. this morning there's cause for celebration. more now from the texas women's pavilion in houston. janet, good morning to you. >> reporter: matt, good morning. for the smallest of the sextuplets, lilleyia, a day-to-day battle for life and as each of her siblings was released from the hospital she stayed behind, but after four very hard-fought months, a major milestone. >> looking good. >> reporter: these are the last steps in a long journey. four months after lauren and dave perkins began parents as sextuplets, daughter leah, the most frail, has gotten the all clear from doctors. a ticket to go home. >> makes me a little nervous. it will be nice not to have to split time between the hospital and home and just have everyone together. >> reporter: to celebrate, lauren brought her other five back to texas children's pavilion for women. >> oh, it's okay?
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a job that took no less than two cars, three hours, four helpers and a stroller big enough for its own license plate. >> pretty good with my stroller now, people. >> reporter: we first met the sextuplets in may. born at 30 weeks, all under three pounds. 30 doctors and nurses staffed the operating room. one by one they headed home. the couple felt overjoyed. >> felt good. i felt like a mom. >> reporter: soon became overwhelm. this is what it looks like, mastering the double bottle hold, and sometimes you also need a leg. numbered wunsies, and a fridge full of the baby's beverage of choice. >> put her like right there. >> reporter: it's all been leading to this. homecoming day, and the requisite teak photo. left to right, that's benjamin, allison, levi, leah, andrew and
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caroline, six babies and two sleepless but very happy parents. >> we're truly humbled we're bringing home six. know it could have been a completely different path, but we're very grateful. >> reporter: a six pack of adorable. as siblings are reunited and their family now complete, finally heads home. and there must be something in the water around here. texas children's pavilion for women just clifford a set of quintuplets to a couple from lake charles, louisiana. all in critical but stable condition but progressing well. good news all around. matt, back to you. >> thank you very much. appreciate it. still ahead, elevated levels of arsenic found in popular rice products. what's the risk to your family's health? we'll talk to the commissioner of the fda and dr. mehmet oz we'll talk to the commissioner of the [ male announcer ] oz for the dreamers...
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50s. the winds gusting 10 to 15 miles per hour. the winds diminish with increasing sunshine. we hit the low 70s. cool mornings. afternoon highs near 80 by
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7:30 now on a wednesday morning. it's the 19th of september, 2012. that's a great shot from the top of the rock here in new york city. we had a stormy night, but we are starting to see a little bit of sun, and our crowd is welcome to welcome it this morning. good morning. savannah guthrie alongside matt lauer. want to get a conversation going this morning at your breakfast table, being diplomatic about it, pose this question. was jesus married? >> that's right. a new piece of evidence has emerged on a papyrus dating back to the fourth century, so coming up we're going to hear from the woman who translate it had. >> also ahead, the duke and
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duchess of cambridge returning home as investigators in france are beginning their search for the photographer who took the topless sunbathing photos of kate. we'll get the latest in a live report. and how is giuliana rancic adjusting to motherhood. she had a very public battle with infertility and breast cancer. she's here with her first interview since the arrival of her little son which she calls duke and her husband calls the duke. >> a cute baby. >> by any name. >> let us begin with a "consumer reports" consumer alert. this affects everyone who eats rice or rice products. is there a dangerous chemicals in those products that could cause cancer. today national investigative correspondent jeff rossen is here with details. take it away. >> reporter: this will affect a lot of parents, and this is the food we eat every day, cereal, crackers, even baby food, but now a new test out this morning shows that's popular rice products contain arsenic, a chemical linked to cancer. some experts say the levels are troubling, and consumers may be at risk.
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from babies eating rice cereal, to kids -- >> it's snap and pop. >> reporter: and their rice krispies, whole grain, long grain or plain white, rice is a staple, but this morning "consumer reports" with a new alert, finding elevated levels of arsenic in rice. how serious is this? >> we actually are quite concerned by the findings. >> reporter: urvashi rangan is a scientist who ran the study for "consumer reports," testing more than 200 samples of the most popular brands, from uncle ben's to goya and legal log's and earth's best organic, even gerber, all with levels of arsenic she calls worrisome. >> this isn't a matter of trace amounts, these are moderate to moderately high levels of arsenic. >> reporter: a concern she says, especially for kids. >> we think children should consume even less because they are more vulnerable to the toxic effects of arsenic. >> reporter: while the effects
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of arsenic in food are still unknown, researchers say at high levels arsenic over time can cause cancer. >> there's a lot of research that shows that sustained exposure to arsenic is related to lung cancer, bladder cancer and skin cancer. >> reporter: so how does arsenic get into rice in the first place? arsenic is naturally occurring in the soil. rice is grown in wet fields, making it easier for rice to absorb the arsenic, but levels have climbed over the years thanks to arsenic-laden fertilizers. still, some public health experts don't believe there's cause for alarm, and the rice industry says its food is safe. >> we have not seen any established health concerns that can be pointed to as a result of people eating rice. >> reporter: arsenic has been linked to cancer. there is no specific study that says arsenic in food will lead to this cancer, but is this something you just want to wait for as a parent? >> they can only go with what they no, and what we do know is
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rice is a nutritious and healthy food. >> reporter: gerber told us it checks for arsenic and now only uses rice from regions with the lowest levels. the other companies say while they haven't seen the test results, arsenic is in many foods, and there's no evidence rice is harmful. >> i think we can agree that rice is a healthy nutritional source of food and a lot of people eat it and rely on it. i think where we would disagree is that the arsenic levels don't matter. >> reporter: this isn't the first controversy over arsenic in food. just last year "consumer reports" found elevated levels in apple and grape juice. while the federal government regulates arsenic in drinking water, believe it or not there are no standards for juice, rice or any other food. what is your message to the fda? >> our message to the fda is that it is time to start setting a standard for arsenic in food. >> reporter: look, no one is ying don't eat rice all
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together. "consumer reports" recommends cutting back and eating it in moderation. if you're a parent like me, serving your baby rice cereal every day, they say make it once a week instead. matt. >> all right. jeff rossen, thank you very much. margaret hamburg is the commissioner of the fd and drug administration. dr. hamburg, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> you know this is going to get a lot of attention from people, especially parents, so, first, i know that the fda has done its own testing, but what's your response to the testing done by "consumer reports"? >> well, obviously we share the concern about this issue and are committed to pursuing it, studying it and making recommendations to the american people. we've been working closely with "consumer reports," and we're actually in the midst of our own study which will be the largest study of its kind to date. our early data, which we're making available today, does correspond with what "consumer reports" has done, but by the end of this year, in about three
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months, we will have about six times as much data, and that will give us the basis to really do the risk analysis and make solid recommendations. >> so let me make sure i understand what you're saying. so, in other words, your testing at this stage agrees with "consumer reports" that there are moderate to moderately high levels of inorganic arsenic in some of these products, and the numbers i'm seeing, anywhere between 3.5 to 6.7 micrograms, that's accurate? >> well, we are finding the elevated levels, but they vary a lot in different rice products and from product to product when tested at different times so we need a larger database to do the kinds of risk analysis, to really look at what is the nature and extent of the problem, and, of course, to look also at what are the health impacts? what are the risks. we're in the midst of doing that. >> you don't think it would be prudent at the moment to err on the side of caution, as more and
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more children continue to consume these products. parents are saying why wait? why shouldn't we set some limits now? you can always reverse them or make them more lenient. >> right. >> but why not set some limits right now? >> well, our best advice is a varied diet. i'm a mom, and i always recommend to my kids moderation in what they eat. a varied diet is important, both for good nutrition and to minimize the consequences of what might be in any one particular food. there are lots of other grains and pastas that can be part of the diet along with rice. >> all right. fda commissioner margaret hamburg. dr. hamburg, i appreciate your time this morning. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> dr. mehmet oz is the host of "the dr. oz show" and has raised concerns about arsenic in the past. doctor, good to see you. what's your takeaway here? >> i'm concerned. i think we've gotmore and more evidence arsenic, especially chronic exposure in arsenic can
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lead not only to cancer as jeff mentioned but can lead to the hardening of the arteries, developmental delays. >> respiratory issues. >> and for a lot of parents out there, particularly the young kids are at risk, can lead to all kinds of problem with iq, the ability of kids to sleep, anxiety issues, so a lot of these things are amorphous things that are hard to study. >> a number of the companies represented here in jeff's piece, basically the person says the product is safe, that their products are safe, that the arsenic found is basically a natural occurrence and that they are monitoring the situations. do you feel good about that? >> no, not at all. i'm a father. like a lot of folks watching right now i'd rather err on the side of caution. things we can do today to make a difference. commissioner hamburg's point is a good one. they have to study this material, but there's no reason not to give guidance to companies. listen, three-quarters of the companies that were examined in that "consumer reports" study offered products that were within guidelines. if we can get the guidelines that we desire so what we really want to do is nudge the people
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not doing it in the right direction. >> in addition to cutting down the intake of some of these products for your children, for example, anything else you can do to lower your risks? >> well, can you cook the rice differently. you know, we make rice very differently than they do in asia. soak the rice and rinse it a little bit and get rid of the fluid and make it pasta style, get rid of 30% of the arsenic. kids under the age of 5 should be treated the way that they are treated in the uk. recommended they do not take a lot of rice products in their diet, especially beverages. seek alternatives. there's dairy and hemp milk, almond milk, many other options for parents today. >> we'll keep following this. mehmet oz, doc, thanks very much to you. appreciate t.7:39. let's get a check of the weather now with al. >> we've got -- celebrating a birthday. what's your name? >> carol, karen. >> where are you guys from? >> madison, wisconsin. >> all right. got a big cheer for madison there. very nice. put your ages together and you're on the smuckers jar with
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willard, that's fantastic. let's see what we've got for jah will ard. >> we are looking at temperatures 50 z and 60s in the northern tier states. hundreds in the southwest. normal conditions. fall foliage. starting to see color in up state new york, new england and the upper mississippi river valley. good morning. it's feeling like autumn here. we have a chill in the air. i'm storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein. the areas in the light blue, 40s. that's most of west virginia and western maryland. dark green the 50s. light green the 60s. reagan national, 62. later today, into the low 70s. the forecast showing this autumn pattern into the weekend. cool mornings and mild
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back now at 7:44 with new evidence from an ancient text that suggests jesus may have been married. nbc's ann thompson has this story. good morning to you. this is a can of worms. >> it is. watch out for the lightning bolts that will be sure to strike us, savannah. this is a mystery. when wrote it, when and why? all those questions are still unanswered, but a harvard professor says she knows what it says. on this scrap of papyrus ancient egypt's forerunner to paper are the explosive words. >> jesus said to them my wife. >> reporter: discovery made by dr. karen king. >> here you can see what looks to be in english like an "i" and a "c" with just a little bit of a line over them.
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this is a shortened form of the name jesus. jesus. >> reporter: king is a historian at harvard divinity school specializing in early christianity. the owner, a private anonymous collector who brought it to king last year for translation. >> when i first saw this fragment, it was actually through a photograph, and i couldn't believe it. once we finally came to the decision that it said jesus said to them my wife it was really an astonishing moment. >> reporter: king turned to new york university's roger bagnall to authenticate it. >> she knew potentially it was a blockbuster, and that was why the stakes were high in figuring out when it might come from, where it might come from, was it real? >> reporter: the fragment, 1.5 inches by 3 is written in the coptic language. it contains eight broken lines and controversy. >> any reference to jesus having a wife would have been seen as
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deeply offensive by most christians. >> reporter: discovery will be featured in an hour-long special on the smithsonian channel september 30th. dr. king insists the words, written in the fourth century, long after jesus died, do not prove jesus was married. >> it's not evidence for us historically that jesus had a wife. it's quite clear evidence, in fact, that some christians probably in the second half of the second century, that's between about 150 and 200 a.d. thought that jesus had a wife. >> reporter: now king says early christians argued over whether or not it was better to marry and it wasn't until after a century of jesus' death that he began to use his marital status to support their positions. you can bet this discovery will do the same today all around the country, and the world. >> get a conversation. doesn't come down on whether or
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well, the duke and duchess of cambridge return home today following a pretty tumultuous week for the royal couple. after scoring a big victory against the topless sunbathing pictures of kate, is their fight over? nbc's michelle kosinski is in paris. michelle, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. you know, this is the first time the royal family has sued a publication here like this over privacy, where laws are tough, and it's already expected that this one magazine has turned over its originals to the family. a criminal investigation is now under way. the question is will this be enough to make those pictures disappear, and will william and kate keep fighting for that? a jubilant on an official tour carrying on, laughing, dancing with good reason to celebrate. on the other side of the world it took less than a day to stop a french magazine from circulating photos of kate sunbathing topless on vacation
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with william. the court agreed that the lens of that photographer violated the privacy of the most photographed couple in the world. now the criminal investigation aims to find out who did it and how. this british headline, "find le rat." the magazine insists it was a freelance photographer who sold the picture to the agency who would have the real originals who could, if he dared, sell them in other countries as they did in italy, ireland, unaffected by the french court's decision. it's all brought debate over whether the couple should have gone to court or just ignored it. aallegedly debate even between william and kate themselves. >> my good sources tell me that the duchess of cambridge is less than happen we prince will. she kind of believed that if this particular story had been left to peeter out, as it were, it wouldn't have caused such disruptions. >> this comes just after the 15-year anniversary of princess
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diana's death in a car accident going through this tunnel, pursued by paparazzi. today this place has become a memorial to her. always full of flowers. the italian magazine that ran a photo of diana in her dying moments is the same one that this week ran dozens of pages of kate. diana's former bodyguard says the opening for that camera was also a security risk. >> they crave for this normality in the same way that diana craved for normality. i understand that, but one thing the royal family are not is normal. things like this do upset them, but the remedy is in their hands. >> reporter: france values privacy. the court sent that message. how far it goes we'll see. >> magazine editors, newspaper editors, are going to think twice before they publish pictures of a public person in a private space. it doesn't mean that it's going to stop. it won't stop. there's just too much money involved. >> reporter: if this investigation can reach the
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photographer, that might be the only way to stop any further circulation of these images. without filing lawsuits in other countries where they have also appeared. matt? >> michelle kosinski, thank you very much. justin bieber's mom pattie. >> after your local news and weather. [ female announcer ] quaker yogurt granola bars. they're whole grain good... and yummy good. real fruit pieces. 12 grams of whole grains and a creamy yogurt flavored coating. quaker yogurt granola bars. treat yourself good.
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7:56 is your time now on this wednesday, september 29, 2012. good morning. police investigate a shooting. the scene is in the 800 block of southern avenue. officers arrive to report a man firing shots in the air. a man then shot at them. the suspect is in critical condition. it has been a tough commute this morning. danella sealock has your traffic. >> thanks, good morning. still seeing columbia pike closed because of a water main break. it's closed to south taylor street. southern avenue is shut between chesapeake to ninth st
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good morning, i'm tom kierein. a chill in the morning, breeze out of the north. later today, low 70s. winds diminish, lots of sunshine. cool mornings. over the weekend, near 80. might get a shower saturday night. beautiful sunday. >> thank you.
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back here on a wednesday morning. it's the 19th day of september, 2012. and a pretty day after a nasty day of storms here in the northeast. al talked about that a little earlier, and he's going to fill us in on where those storms are right now in just a couple of minutes. out on the plaza, i'm matt lauer along with savannah guthrie, and the aforementioned mr. roker. you know who is here live this morning. >> who is. >> justin bieber's mom pattie. >> mrs. belieber is here. she will talk about some of the challenges she's faced in her life, challenges that are in a brand new book and how it was to
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reveal those things to her son who is only 18 years old and by the way, challenges were really is veer challenges. pattie will join us in a couple of minutes, and we'll fill you in on all of that coming up. >> also here, giuliana rancic a great story to tell, a new baby, three weeks old. so thrilled about that, but this has been a year full of highs around lows. she struggled with infertility and then breast cancer. she has a really important message for everybody this morning so we'll check in with her in just a bit. >> and then this could be trouble. we've got a new series starting up next week. "ask away, today." anything you want to know about matt, my lovely co-hosts, natalie and savannah, yours truly. >> where you going with this in. >> anything you want to know ask away. go to our website at today.com and ask away. anything. >> i'm starting my letters right now. >> anything. >> within reason. >> anything! >> let's go inside. natalie is standing by with a check of the headlines.
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natalie. >> all right. good morning, matt, savannah and al. a new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll showing president obama opening up a five-point lead over mitt romney among likely voters and the president responded on letterman to romney's secretly recorded remarks that half of americans think they are entitled to support. the president said if you want to be president, you have to work for everybody. romney not apologizing, elaborated on his own remarks last night saying when people are in distress, quote, we give them temporary help and pull them back up but we don't believe in redistribution. it's back to school again for some 350,000 students idled by the chicago teachers strike. union delegates agreed tuesday to suspend their seven-day walkout and put a proposed contract to a full membership vote. strike issues included teacher evaluations, the length of the school day and job security. people along the east coast are cleaning up this morning after powerful storms downed
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trees and power lines last night dumping heavy rain from georgia to new england. air travel was disrupted and tornado watches were issued from major cities, including new york, philadelphia and washington, d.c. after two days of weather delays the space shuttle "endeavour" left the kennedy space center this morning on its final journey riding piggyback atop a 747 to los angeles, and its permanent home at the california science center. new trouble this morning for actress lindsay lohan. the nypd tells nbc news that lohan was arrested overnight for leaving the scene of an accident in lower manhattan. her suv allegedly clipped a pedestrian at very low speed. lohan was later arrested as she left her hotel and was booked and released without bail. now for a look at what's trending today. our quick roundup of what has you talking online. songwriter and obama supporter randy newman has released a new song on his website that satirizes the presidential race by poking fun at voters who have
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a problem with the president's race. take a listen. ♪ i'm dreaming of a white president ♪ ♪ just like the ones we've always had ♪ ♪ real live white man who knows the score ♪ ♪ how to handle money or start a war ♪ >> well, newman who had a 1977 hit with his tongue and cheek "short people" encouraging website listeners to contribute to the united negro college friend. the gregory brothers and "new york times" have released a video game inspired mashup of the candidate convention speeches and the result is him pressive duet. ♪ here we stand, americans have a choice ♪ ♪ a choice for the future ♪ every parent should have a choice ♪ ♪ so now you have a choice ♪ to help create a better future ♪ ♪ choose that future ♪ a future where everyone can
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find a job ♪ ♪ about taking risks ♪ bankers ♪ dreamers ♪ steve jobs. >> and it gives the same treatment to speeches by the candidate wives. fans of the mcdonald's mcrib sandwich are so devoted they use the internet to track its tasty reappearance this fall but this year they may have to wait. sales will be held back until late december boosting year-end sales. i can honestly say i've never had a mcrib. i feel like i'm missing out. matt, savannah, have you had one? >> yeah, they are good. time to try it. >> mr. roker, he's trying, he's devastated. >> i can't go on. >> can you do the weather? >> the only reason i can is because this is one of the cutest babies we have had in a long time. who is this? >> bianca rose.
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>> she is so sweet. >> thank you. >> would you like a mcrib? i'd like a mcrib, how about you? a little bianchi shaped lake a mcrib. she is gorgeous. thank you for sharing. yes, yes. your weather, see ather and see what we have for you. again, the pick city of the day rk hagerstown, maryland named after bob hagger of nbc. mostly sunny, mild, 70 degrees. you can see that's the remnants of the front that caused the trouble from georgia to new england. more rain in southern florida and rain moving out of the new england. we have a bit of shower activity as the front makes its way through. more gorgeous weather with temperatures in the 80s. we have plenty of sunshine through the lower 48 down into southern texas and mississippi. that's what's going on around the country, here's what's
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happening in your neck of the woods. >> good morning. a chilly and breezy start to this wednesday morning. i'm tom kierein. off to the west, a clear sky where it's down into the mid-50s. cloudy in the metro area. the low 60s. later today, with increasing sunshine and a diminishing wind, we hit the low 70s with low humidity. on thursday, a cold start. 40s to near 50. afternoon highs in the mid-70s. 80 friday and it's your first time in new york city. what's your name? >> brady. >> where are you from? >> from vancouver in canada. >> oh, we love vancouver. it's great seeing you. all right. mr. lauer. >> thank you very much. when we come back, giuliana rancic joins us in our studio to talk about becoming a mom after going through so much. we'll talk to giuliana right after this. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] how do you engineer a true automotive breakthrough? ♪
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ocean spray 100% and light 50 juices. back now at 8:11. e anchor giuliana rancic was here nearly a year ago, and she made a dramatic announcement that day. >> through my attempt to get pregnant for the third time through ivf we sadly found out that i have early stages of breast cancer, so -- and it's been a shock. >> well, giuliana has shared her journal we us from the first diagnosis to her decision to have a double mastectomy and along the way giuliana received good news, too. after battling infertility her dreams of having a baby were coming through with the help of a surrogate and just last month giuliana and her husband bill welcomed the arrival of edward dukerancic, good morning to you. such a regal name and you're like cooing over the picture. >> oh, my god, look at this picture ten times a day.
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so adorable. he's so cute. >> the first extended few hours you've been apart from himming right? >> yeah. i left last night, and got to say it was harder than i thought, savannah. i was crying when i left and bill said, well, you know, you're going for a good reason. don't look at it as you're leaving him, look at it as you're going to help people. >> what has motherhood been like? you look fabulous, so i'm assuming he's letting you sleep. i don't see any bags under your eyes. >> a lot of makeup. definitely doing all the night feedings. bill and i fight over who is going to feed him. we struggled so long to have a baby that now he's here we're not going to complain. never will hear us complaining. i love doing the night feedings. i love spending every second i can with him. >> i picture you staring around at him and marveling at this little creation. >> that's pretty much our life. we just stare at him all the time. now he's more alert. three weeks today, and, you know, got big eyes and he'll just stare at you for like, you know, ten minutes at a time. it's just unbelievable. >> tell me about the name. you told us last summer, all right, not going to be one of
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the goofy celebrity thames that nobody understands or can pronounce. >> right. >> where does it come from? >> edward is bill late father's name as well as my father's name and duke, i don't know there was something about it, we loved it, and when we did a little research we found it meant leader and thought it was cooler, sounded like a strong cool name. >> you were inside the delivery room with the surrogate. >> we were. >> what was that experience like? >> we're very close with her. her name is delphine, a wonderful person, gave us the greatest gift in the world. we were there with her, and she's had two children before. two of her own kids, so the delivery thing, thank god, was pretty easy for her. it was wonderful. when he came into the world it was like we just started hysterically crying tears of joy. it was pretty emotional >> you think he looks like either one of you? >> i think more like bill. >> yeah. >> i think he looks more like bill which is a good thing. i don't want a boy version of myself. >> let's talk about this journey. you and i were speaking about what a year it has been. >> yeah. >> here almost a year ago.
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do you remember that day? you were brave, but you must have been so afraid. >> i was afraid and sitting in this chair and i had tissues under my leg just in case i started crying. it's just amazing to think that, you know, i was reflecting on it the other day, too, in one year so much has happened. it's funny. this was the best year of my life because of the baby, and it was the worst year of my life because of the breast cancer, but it just goes to show that if you're just strong and you're positive, great things can come out of the darkest time in your life. >> and you have a message for folks today because -- >> yeah. >> -- really learned something through this experience. >> absolutely and that's why i left duke last night and i'm here in new york. tomorrow is do it for the girls day. we're encouraging women to give themselves a breast self-exam and really think about early detection. early detection is everything. it's what saved my life, and i think a lot of people don't realize that if you detect breast cancer early, you have a 98% chance five-year survival
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rate. 98%. that's incredible so you've just got to find it early. >> you're what, 36 or something? >> 36 when i was diagnosed. no family history. >> if not for the ivf you probably would not have thought you needed to have a mammogram. >> absolutely. that's why i got the mammogram is through the ivf and thank god i did it. thank god i did it. i hear stories all the time. it seems like a lot of younger women are getting breast cancer now, and you really -- so many women come up to me, i have to tell you, how did you find your breast cancer, and they found it themselves. a lot of women find it themselves. they find a lump. so you've got to do breast self-exams. you have to do it once a month. >> are you one of those people who thinks if you have a gut feeling, if you feel like something is wrong, check it out? >> you absolutely should. i've got to tell you, even if you don't think something's wrong, talk to your doctor and say listen, i'm this age. i have this family history or i don't have a family history. what can i be doing? when should i get a mammogram? questions that can save your life >> a very important message.
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so happy that this year is ending on a high note and couldn't let you get away without getting a couple of presents here for the baby. >> oh, my god, thank you. >> we heard that bill calls duke the duke. >> the duke. >> that's right. >> oh, my gosh. >> now he has the duke wunsies. >> he's watching right now. bill, how cute is this. oh, my gosh, thank you. >> will these pass muster on fashion police? >> best dressed. >> this weekend, covering the emmys. >> i'll be at the emmys on e were ryan seacrest interviewing all the celebrities. it will be a lot of fun. >> give the little baby a squeeze for us and bill, too. hay to see you doing so well. >> thanks, savannah. >> you're coming back in the fourth hour with hoda and kathie lee. >> i am. coming up next, the strongest woman justin bieber says he's ever known. we'll talk to his mom pattie right after this. [ male announcer ] at walgreens, we know kids share
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an international superstar, he was a little boy from canada whose mom says he was full of energy, personality and, of course, a lot of musical talent. while his rise to fame may be remarkable, so is the story of his mother pattie mallette who battled abuse, drugs, alcohol and depression all before she gave birth to justin at the age of 18. now she's opening up about all of that in a new book "nowhere but up, the story of justin bieber's mom." pattie mallette, nice to have you here. >> thank you, good morning. >> you didn't have to write this book. you could have gone on and kept these stories between you and close friends and family members. why did you write it? >> i feel like i have a story to tell, and other people's stories really helped me get through some hard times, and so because of justin i have over a million twitter followers, and they cole me mom, and just knowing that i'm a role model to so many of them, i wanted to share my story
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because, unfortunately, too many people are suffering the same sort of pain. >> when you decide to do something like this, the first thing you have to do is you've got to talk to your son. >> mm-hmm. >> some of these stories about struggle with acceptance, struggle with drugs and alcohol, struggles with sexual abuse, i know he didn't know for a long time. >> mm-hmm. >> so you had to sit down and say, look, justin, the world is going to hear about these things. how did you break the news to him? >> well, i've been sharing my story long before justin was justin bieber, and the first time i let him hear my story, he was around 12 years old, and so i prepped him a little bit, and then, you know, spent some time afterwards letting him ask questions and talking about it. >> so, for example, the story of sexual abuse that you detail in this book which occurred you say in your life between the ages of 4 and 10, how do you sit down with a son and have that discussion?
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>> it's tough. i think that, you know, you just -- you have to have those tough conversations with your kids. i think that i've always been open with him and asked him a lot of questions and prepped him when he was younger. >> one of the other things you write about very openly in this book -- first of all, about -- i thought this was somewhat amazing, certainly touching. you know, you talk about this abuse that you suffered, and at the end of the book you say to the abusers i forgive you. >> mm-hmm. >> that couldn't have been easy, and why did you feel that way? tell me about it. >> it's been a crucial part of my healing of not staying stuck in that place, and it starts with a choice, you know. it's not an overnight process. it's a decision, and many decisions that follow to just as part of my healing process to let go. it's so important. forgiveness is such a huge part of healing.
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>> you also write about justin's father, jeremy bieber, and you say you two had a very troubled relationship, two very difficult people involved in tough circumstances. >> yeah. >> and then you say how on earth did these two troubled teenagers create the most breathtaking baby in the entire universe? when you look at justin, what do you see that is purely you, and what do you see that is purely his dad? >> i don't know. i think he's a good mix of the two. he's got a good looking dad, and i think he's definitely takes after his looks as well. >> what about personality-wise? >> got musical talent for sure. >> his father's family is extremely gifted musically, and, you know, i think -- i have some talent, but he's definitely gifted. >> i know there is a momma bear in you and as sarah palin would call it the momma grizzly that comes out every once in a while. i remember that we had justin here on the show right about
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those times that the stories were going around, the woman accused her of fathering her baby which turned out not to be true, but the momma grizzly in you or momma bear in you had to be pretty angry during that time. how did you deal with it? >> it's frustrating that somebody can just make something up, make an accusation, and it affects the way the whole world sees you. and it -- it hurts me to see him suffering through things like that, but, you know, it comes with the territory. >> at the time that story broke he already had managers and pr people and record labels and all that, but did he ever come home to mom and talk about it? >> sure, sure, absolutely. you know, he's got great people around him, but it doesn't ever replace mom and son. >> what kind of advice did you give him at that time? >> well, time will tell, and just to hold his head high and know, that you know, taking the test -- he shouldn't have had to
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prove his innocence, but, you know, it -- it is what it is. >> it's the world we live in. >> when he was interviewed by kathie lee, he says that he thinks your book is going to change some people's lives. >> i hope so. >> in what way? >> i just -- i talk a lot about the struggles and things i've overcome. and if i can overcome them and if i can get through and get to healing, anybody can, and it's not about me having a pop star for a son. it's about going -- getting healing and working through some tough things and not staying stuck. >> pattie mallette, nice to have you here. >> thank you. >> it's a pleasure. just ahead, we'll be joined which martha stewart with a new twist on a french classic after your local news.
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8:26 on this wednesday, september 19th. i'm aaron gilchrist. topping the news, a man is in critical condition after a police officer shot him in southeast washington. the officer said the man fired at them first near the d.c./maryland border. a congress gregsal gold medal today and president obama leads romney in a poll in virginia. let's check the roads now. the roads here, seeing single tracking between rhode island because of a track problem. let's head over to the roads.
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columbia pike closed because of a water main break. taking the
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breezy and chilly. a might get showers on saturday evening. aaron. >> thank you. another
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8:30 now. it's a wednesday morning, september 19, 2012. it's about 63 degrees on our plaza. we give our crowd some time to say hello to loved ones back home. good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie alongside matt lauer, al roker and natalie morales. >> what are you cooking for dinner tonight? >> oh, what i cook every night, nothing. >> boiled water. >> what am i microwaving for dinner tonight?
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>> here's a suggestion. martha stewart is here, and she is going to make a one-pot dinner that is a take on a french classic recipe, and we're going to be checking that out. this one looks really good. >> you just need to get a pot. >> and then i'll be set. >> and figure out what to put in the pot. >> didn't you call your mom once and asked her how to boil an egg? >> yes, i did, yes, natalie, i did. last time i tell you anything behind closed doors, but i know how to boil water. >> it's a good story. >> what else have we got? >> also coming up, what do sports stars do in the off-season? well, coming up, very interesting. we'll meet an nba champion who actually spent the summer doing an unpaid internship at "gq" to hone his fashion skills. >> i should mention maya rudolph is here with her new series "up all night." just renewed. we'll ask her about "snl." we'll check in with her in a bit. >> and then a worldwide
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exclusive, the brand new trailer to the much-anticipated peter jackson film "the hobbitt, the unexpected journey." a lot of folks, yours truly, looking forward to seeing that. >> this will make you feel better about the mcrib going away. >> i've got to try a mcrib. >> i love the mcrib, too. >> to me, the mcrib is -- >> mick rib-palooza for al. >> a check al. >> a check of the weather. >> for today, we are looking at a beautiful day here in the east. perfect fall weather, a few leftover showers. heat continues through texas. plenty of sunshine. for form, we have another gorgeous day sizzling in the south, down into texas and the southwest. the mild to warm weather continues. a few leftover showers in the northern mississippi river
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valley. good morning, i'm storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein. a chill in the air past 8:30. temperatures around the region are in the 50 z. much of maryland and virginia and into west virginia, closer to washington low to mid-60s. later, low 70s. by mid afternoon, the winds diminish, lots of sun. overnight getting chilly. near 50 in the region. partly cloudy, mid-70s for the afternoon. and any time you need that weather, go to the weather channel on cable or weather.com online. scared when that happens. all right. let's go to another big fan of the mcrib, willard scott. hello, uncle willy. >> smuckers, love that peanut butter, a little strawberry, hmm what, a sandwich. happy birthday, take a look at if you little jessie jacobs,
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loves watching soap operas with her kids, not many soap operas and ray mosher, 100 years old, a proud world war ii veteran and he loves eating lots of ice cream. i'm telling you, my kind of guy. lieu ice, the birds and the trees seem to twitter lieu i'd dodd from maryland, 100 years old, and she loves skyping with her family, whatever that is, and they are telling me all about it. donald, we love you. donald iwahashi of beautify daly city, california. 100 years old today. secret to longevity, always exploring new adventures and new ideas. that will keep you young. ruth, you're gorgeous, ruth cohen of cincinnati, ohio. they make folgers coffee there, the world's best. 100 years old tod. loves watching all sorts of baseball, and she's a beautiful lady. katherine graham, irmo, south carolina, 100 years old today,
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and her secret to longevity is to love a good man, and a good man nowadays is hard to find. and finally on our list of lovelies, claire goldberg, fresh meadow, new york. she enjoys playing poker with her pals. that's it. speaking of playing poker, row, and i are going to play poker, roker poker. now back to you in new york city. >> all right. willard, thanks. coming up next, a sports superstar who traded in his high tops for an unpaid internship in the fashion world, and then hot fall finds for under 25 bucks, but
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rajon rondo is a basketball player in the nba who won a championship a couple years ago with the boston celtics but not
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a guy who sits on his laurels w.free time on his hands this off-season, rondo took an unpaid internship at the offices of one of his favorite magazines. nbc's craig melvin has his story. >> reporter: most summer interns don't finish up the gig signing autographs. but rajon rondo isn't just any intern, and this has hardly been any summer. one of the nba's premiere players, rondo traveled to asia, got some love from the president at a charity event. >> he thought, you know, i was one of the top point guards. >> >> reporter: was that before or after you wrote the check. but it was during fashion week that this all-star got down to work at men's lifestyle magazine "gq." >> never really had a real job. in the closet packing bags. wrote a blog. i actually did some work. >> reporter: 10:00 to 6:00. >> 10:00 to 6:00. slept pretty good.
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didn't stay out late. had to get up early. >> reporter: his work ethic is amazing. rondo's personality, always sort of has his game face on. >> reporter: will welch is a senior editor and fan for rondo's enthusiasm for interning. >> came from a place of genuine curiosity which was surprising and always exciting. >> reporter: have you always been into fashion? >> wanted to be unique, liked my own style, wanted to be different. once you got into the nba, the clothes you read about in the magazine, could i actually afford now, and i like the way they feel. >> reporter: how many pairs of jeans does one man need? >> maybe 25, 30 pair of jeans. >> reporter: rondo can afford just about anything he wants these days, but his closet is mostly filled with clothes bought for a reason. >> i love hoodies. you know, can you throw them on, whenever, blue jeans, dress them up, dress them down. warm, keep them in the back of a car. >> reporter: you would wear that where? >> to a game, maybe in a city like dallas. >> reporter: have you ever bought something and get it home
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and put it on and say, yeah, this wasn't what i thought it would be, like these shorts, for instance. these shorts you dropped $180 on and they are sitting in your clos closet. >> might give them away. >> reporter: may have an occasi occasional misstep but his style gets high marks from the experts. >> came in here first day at "gq," an understated guy, and to me that's a sign of a guy whose style is advanced. >> reporter: have you worn these? >> not yet. >> reporter: but you're going to? >> i'm going to? >> reporter: rondo's job is to direct his team's offense, and that takes creativity. >> kind of like seeing the suit before it actually happens, and that's obviously in basketball seeing the play before it develops. >> reporter: do you ever see some of the other guys in the league wearing things and you drop your head and just -- >> i try not to judge. >> reporter: oh, you judge. >> but we joke. let me just say that. >> reporter: who do you joke
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about? >> joakim noah. >> reporter: no passion there. >> not at all. >> reporter: rondo's internship gives him a leg up on the style competition, but one of the key rules of fashion is never put limits on possibilities. >> next year i may intern and do something different. i want to keep different parts of life that i probably wouldn't used to be doing, and if i hadn't gotten into basketball, i never would have met these people. the basketball world, i like my options. coming up, maya rudolph on her "today" show audition. she'll explain what that's all about, but first this is "today" on nbc.
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back now at 8:43 with maya rudolph, one of the stars of nbc's comedy "up all night." she plays ava, a self-obsessed talk show host, and this season she learned her show has been
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cancelled and her search for a new job lands her for an audition on "today." >> now back to matt in the plaza. now back to matt in the plaza. >> put this on right now. put it on right now. >> what are you doing here? >> put it on right now. >> come here. >> stop it. >> don't hit me. don't unbott ton me. >> i'm not hitting you. >> help! help! >> i am trying to help you. stop screaming. >> excuse me. >> we're ready for you, miss alexander. >> wonderful, thank you. >> okay, great. >> listen to me. >> under the tv lights this blouse is no too sheer. >> it is not too sheer. >> it is. >> and i do not need your help. >> going to see your boobees. . >> maya, good morning to you. let me guess, that audition doesn't turn out so well. >> i do not think i'm employed at the "today" show as we speak. >> does ava not have what it takes? what does it take? >> you tell me. i don't know what -- if i knew, i would tell you what i think.
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>> the ability to get up early, i guess. >> i don't think ava would like getting up early. >> i love your character. >> thanks. >> last season we saw her basically competing with a baby for the affections of her producer. this season she loses her talk show. how is she handling it? >> not so great. not so great. i think at first it's like anyone in complete denial. okay great, a vacation, and then it slowly starts to sink in that she probably needs to figure out what to do with her life, but it's good. i think a lot of people that are a bit more self-involved like herself probably need a dose of reality so it's good for her. >> you spend seven seasons on "snl" which you basically compared to russian boot camp. >> right. >> how do you compare that working on a sitcom to "snl"? >> "snl" is just -- it's the greatest place on earth, in my personal opinion. i know i'm a little bit biased. i loved it so much, and, you know, i -- it create at home and
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a family for me, but i just think that it prepares you for anything and not just work but really truly life. i feel like when i finally figured out we could get anything done in 30 seconds, it makes you realize things can get done a lot faster. it helps actually with raising children. >> going to say, speaking of "up all night," at least the hours were similar, right? >> oh, yeah, totally. >> we used to see you -- you were coming in and you were leaving. >> every tuesday night that we were writing, i was just saying this, my -- my office overlooked here on 49th, and would i hear the people coming in for the "today" show and cheering, and i was trying to think of funny things and the dawn was breaking. oh, it was -- the strangest thing. you could smell people's shampoo in the hair as you were leaving the building because they were coming in in the building so fresh and clean and i've been up all night in many different ways. >> recurring theme. giving advice to the new cast members. i think i read somewhere where you said it was extremely stressful but how fun.
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>> that's sort of the trunkated version, but i think, yeah, i would sound like a fool if i really thought that i had advice for them, but i just hope that they love it as much as i did. that's so corny, isn't it? >> it's really true though. >> i loved it so much, and like i said it's my family and all those nights when you can't think of anything funny, they all go away when you look back and you real ease like i loved it, and it's over. just a tiny little window in your life so enjoy it while it lasts, kids. >> i know you shot a couple new movies. everybody wants to know if there's going to be a "bridesmaid" sequel. >> my dad asked me the other day. we've discussed this. i know you're disappointed, but there's no plan for "bridesmaids 2." >> can you put some pressure on kristen wig? >> she's my pal. we can hold a candlelight vigil
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for "bridesmaids 2." it's so lovely that people want it so who knows. maybe if the entire city of manhattan strikes, goes on strike, maybe we'll have it, i don't know. >> and you just had a birthday. >> i did. >> the big 4-0. >> the big 4-0. i'm blind as a bat now. >> come on. >> not really. >> you look fabulous. really looking forward to this. and we want to remind everybody catch maya in the season premiere of "up all night" at 8:30, 4:30 central time right here on nbc. coming up next, martha stewart puts her spin on a one-pot chicken, how do i say it, fricasse, martha? >> fricasse. >> i can't make it, i can't say it. i can't spell t.martha is next. this is "today" on nbc.
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. back here at 8:50. with martha on today we're making chicken fricasse. a french classic with lots of variations. martha stewart is here with one version straight from the pages of "martha stewart living." good to see you. >> the rage for french cuisine. everybody wants to make something warm and crazy for the fall. >> humble ingredients. the weather is getting chillier. this is perfect. >> for last night this would have been great. >> ideal. >> fricasse is really taking
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chicken, one big chicken like a 3.5-pounder and have it cut into ten or tevin pieces by your pusher, take the back bone off and wingtips off so you want the meaty pieces. >> brown that chicken. >> brown it in olive oil and butter. >> butter is very important because it gives that good old-fashioned flavor. >> and then we have a group of different vegetables. >> generally the trinity, generally onion and sell try and carrot. >> okay. that goes into what is left behind after you brown the chicken >> >> into that fat this. will loosen the brown bits in the bottom which is essential to the taste of the stew. you brown, that and then you add a little bit of flour for thickening. >> so we're making the basics of a sauce here. >> any sauce, flour thickens sauce, and then you can add your mushrooms. cremini mushrooms, you can use
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button mushrooms. >> a lot of people have never heard of cremini. add some white, nice for flavor, that will help loosen again whatever is left in the bottom and then some chicken stock. >> some sort of a ratio, the stock to the wine, 1 to 4? >> about a cup of wine to 4 cups of stocks, and your nice lyle bouquet garnish, parsley, thyme. >> this is a bouquet garn ickes. >> thee french terms. >> four with fricasse. >> oh, good, good. put the chicken back in and this has been cooking for up to approximately 45 minutes. >> something we're making the day before or do we have to do it the day it happens. >> delicious the day before. >> this is when you add the
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sauce. >> two eggs and two cups of heavy cream. >> ike taking out the chicken part here, and the bouquet ga i garni. >> how long do i need to whisk this? >> whisk it so it's completely mixed. >> there you go. >> this goes out, and then you temper it. what is tempering? >> not really. >> it's not a french term but it's a french technique. whisk i'll i add the hot sauce. you don't want the egg yolks to cook or curdle, and then you put that back into here and that will gently thicken the sauce. good? >> yeah, perfect. >> okay. now i can add that back in here, and you just cook that until it's thickened. >> add your tarragon. >> essential. >> the real flavor of a good fricasse. >> okay. >> and a little bit more butter. >> this whole thing. >> not much, only a tablespoon. >> and lemon juice.
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>> that's your sauce. already gotten nice and thick. see how pretty? >> do you put the chicken back in. >> yeah. do you want to taste? >> love to. >> this is so good. >> one made for you. >> let me take a little piece. >> tell me what you would serve this with. >> noodles here. >> you can use egg noodles, any noodle, crusty french bread. and tender, right? you don't even need a knife. >> and you're home with your family, can you make this for your wife and children. they are going to love you. >> or my wife could make it for me. >> no, no, you make it for your wife. treat her. >> appreciate her. >> you'll stick around and help out with today's "take 3." >> that will be fun. >> guys, back to you. >> getting so perclempt over how -- >> mr. romance. >> what a sweetie. have you guys seen this, the social media website buzz feed.
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memorable notable black and white photos and then showed what they would look like had they been in color and in some case the effect is really striking. remember this from back in times square, the original, and here it is in color. >> interesting, but not as striking. >> interesting. >> the question is if you change what was a classic photo in that way, does it have the same impact? >> the lincoln portrait, this is the example, the side by side is very interesting too, here. if we were in art class the professor would say how does that change your response to the image? >> okay, professor guthrie. >> looks sort of artificial when it's in color. >> looks wax. >> maybe because i've seen the black and white one. >> i think someone who does look a little more human here perhaps is einstein. >> right. >> as you see in black and white. >> and then here he comes to life in color, and he looks more real and more human in a way, right? >> yeah. >> perhaps it's just the art. >> i think there's something strike begun black and white. >> i agree. >> especially in this colorized world. >> i remember courtney was watching an old "abbott and
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costello" movie and she said, dad, when did the world turn color? >> around the time of "wizard of oz." >> they re-colorized that. >> check out buzz feed if you want to look at more of these picks tour. just ahead, fun fall finds that are less than 25 bucks after your local news. >> 8:56 is your time now on this wednesday, september 19, 2012. good morning. we could learn what you'll have to pay if umt to use uber. they are expected to vote on proposed regulations for sedan car services.
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cabbies want strict regulations. time for a check on the roads. it's been a busy morning. danella sealock is here with an update. >> let's talk about metro first. delays on the red line in both directions 20 to 30 minutes because of a track problem. let's head to the roads, columbia pike is closed between south wakefield street to south taylor street and jammed 395. back to
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good morning. still chilly and the storm team 4 seven day out look showing this pattern today and through the weekend. >>

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